Monday, September 29, 2008

Former McCain Supporters Pile On the Complaints

Didn't have a chance to blog these earlier, but they are too interesting to let slip through the cracks.

First, Richard Cohen, (former) McCain supporter and Washington Post Op-Ed columnist, scolds the Senator bigtime for "becoming the sort of politician he once despised."

Two quotes worth pulling:
Following his loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 South Carolina primary, John McCain did something extraordinary: He confessed to lying about how he felt about the Confederate battle flag, which he actually abhorred. "I broke my promise to always tell the truth," McCain said. Now he has broken that promise so completely that the John McCain of old is unrecognizable. He has become the sort of politician he once despised.

There's a lot of great stuff in the middle, but he ends with this zinger:
And so McCain lied about his lying and maybe thinks that if he wins the election, he can -- as he did in South Carolina -- renounce who he was and what he did and resume his old persona. It won't work. Karl Marx got one thing right -- what he said about history repeating itself. Once is tragedy, a second time is farce. John McCain is both.
Next comes a piece from Wick Allison, owner of D Magazine and former publisher of William F. Buckley, Jr's National Review. Allison starts off "Barack Obama strikes a chord with me like no political figure since Ronald Reagan." He then goes into a well-reasoned explanation of Conservatism and why he believes in it.

Some good pull quotes:
The Bush tax cuts -— a solution for which there was no real problem and which he refused to end even when the nation went to war -— led to huge deficit spending and a $3 trillion growth in the federal debt. Facing this, John McCain pumps his "conservative" credentials by proposing even bigger tax cuts. Meanwhile, a movement that once fought for limited government has presided over the greatest growth of government in our history. That is not conservatism; it is profligacy using conservatism as a mask.
Then:
Nobody can read Obama's books (which, it is worth noting, he wrote himself) or listen to him speak without realizing that this is a thoughtful, pragmatic, and prudent man. It gives me comfort just to think that after eight years of George W. Bush we will have a president who has actually read the Federalist Papers.
And his big finish:
As a cause, conservatism may be dead. But as a stance, as a way of making judgments in a complex and difficult world, I believe it is very much alive in the instincts and predispositions of a liberal named Barack Obama.
Don't let my pull quotes discourage you from reading either of these articles. They definitely provide food for Conservative thought.

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